MA Musicology
The programme is open to graduates driven by a desire to develop a deep understanding of music history, analysis, and musical cultures. Exposed to current musicological thought and traditional methodologies, students are encouraged to grow as independent, open-minded scholars. You will explore a range of styles—from historical and contemporary art music, to Irish traditional music, to popular music of the last century—and encounter multiple intellectual approaches to this material. Taught by staff whose research often ventures into interdisciplinary terrain, you will also consider how theoretical perspectives on gender, sexuality, race, literature, theatre, and film can shed new light on how we understand music.

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum II.1 honours degree in music is required. Applicants without this qualification may be requested to attend an interview. International applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. International applicants whose first language is not English may be requested to submit samples of written material.


MHT52: 1 year full-time
MHT53: 2 years part-time

Careers or further progression

MA Musicology students develop a portfolio of critical, analytical, and communication skills, while the programme also trains students to work independently and manage their time effectively. These skills serve graduates well in a wide range of employment opportunities, including areas specific to music such as arts administration and events management. The MA in Musicology is also an excellent option for those considering further postgraduate study.

Further enquiries

Contact us about this course
Programme Director: Dr Laura Watson
Tel: +353 (0)1 708 6717

Subjects taught

Course Structure
Modules include aesthetics of 20th and 21st century music; gendered musical bodies; music in Ireland; musical texts; interpreting analysis and research methods.


The Department of Music at Maynooth University is renowned for its long and proud tradition of composition, musicology, performance and music technology, immersing students in a vibrant, challenging and creative educational environment. Students will encounter multiple ways of engaging with music: in rehearsals, in concerts, in seminars and in the music studios. Performance experience is offered in a range of professionally directed music ensembles, including the Maynooth University Orchestra, the Guitar Ensemble, the Traditional Group, the Choral Society and the Chamber Choir. Students with a passion for the creation and performance of a whole range of music styles will find the space and the academic support to build their professional skills as musicians and music creators. Composers will find a stimulating and supportive environment amidst the vibrant performance and academic activities in the Department. The focus here is on individual tuition from internationally recognised composers with access to opportunities for collaboration with other musicians in the Department. Musicologists, too, will find a supportive environment; seminars bring leading researchers from around the world, and in the university library, students have access to one of the best-stocked music collections in Ireland. With a combination of expert staff and tailor-made resources, the Department of Music offers a learning experience that builds confidence and develops the techniques and experience needed for careers in research, scholarship, the performance and creation of music, the music industry, the arts and culture sector and many other fields.

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

Course fee

In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

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